Posted: 14/12/2014 at 01:58
With asthma the important thing is to get it under control. If you've got symptoms (wheezing/tight chest/coughing when talking or laughing) you need to persuade your GP to give you a high strength preventer inhaler, use it regularly twice a day as prescribed, and then gradually reduce the dose to the minimum level you need to keep symptom free.
With the preventer inhaler (unlike the reliever) you never feel anything happening, in fact you wonder if anything is happening - you just have to trust that it is and keep taking it.
Always carry your reliever inhaler with you. It takes a short while to kick in so a good idea is take a couple of puffs 15 minutes before you go out.
Asthma may take a slight edge off your overall performance - I think it has with me - and you may find, like me, you can't race in winter (without making yourself very ill).
All the best. Paula Radcliffe has it, and Haile Gebrselassie, so there is still hope.